Bike Thief – The Burning Past [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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BIKE THIEF
The Burning Past

Keep Portland weird!

While we’ve never actually ventured to the aforementioned city, which is forever immortalized by the one of the greatest shows, Portlandia, we do know that it’s rife with talented musicians. After having heard countless talented indie rock, folk, and experimental acts, we’re fully on board with what Stumptown has to offer. Not only by way of music, but also by way of donuts. We recently were graced with a Voodoo Donuts here in Denver, which has furthered our adoration.

Comprised of five members, this experimental indie rock outfit has a unique sound that’s solidified by their crooning vocals and a playful mix of charging electric guitar work laid over classical strings. One listen through to Bike Thief’s “The Burning Past” should give you ample insight into the roots of this band, which were dreamed up (assumedly over a craft beer or delicious Pinot Noir) by multi-instrumentalist Febian Perez. Aside from the brainy compilation of instrumentation, the naming was also developed by Febian, after being inspired by the Italian film “The Bicycle Thieves.”

This complex tune, which is due out at the end of this month, comes off of their debut LP, Stuck in a Dream. To accompany this dark, yet powerful tune, the band has enlisted the work of Benjamin Violet, who is known for his work with indie rock giants like Of Montreal, The Polyphonic Spree, and Kishi Bashi.

The end result can be seen below, in a glowing, bizarre, yet completely wonderful visual interpretation of “The Burning Past.”

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (August 2014 Round #4)

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Building up a music library can be an a crazy, unpredictable hobby. Some searches bring you loads of songs that spiral you into the golden spins of the interwebs and others….tumbleweeds. Just tumbleweeds. It’s a roller-coaster of emotions. We know. So if  the unpredictability is just too much to handle (Trust us.We feel your pain), let the Indie Dojo be your guide. We’ll travel the ends of the earth for you.

Tiny Little Houses
Every man knows his plague; and you are mine.
The Young Folk
Way Home
Slow Dancer
Took The Floor Out
Tropic of Pisces
Symmetry
Our Man in Berlin
Cirrhosis
Brolly
Wolfe
ESCAPISTS
Eyes

 

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[Synth Pop] TROVES – Youth in Decay

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TROVES
Youth In Decay

If you’re reading this sentence, that probably means you made it through Monday. Regardless or not of whether we were unscathed in our epic conquest to get through the worst day of the week, looks like we made it.

Ok, most of you out there won’t get a Barry Manilow reference, and that’s a conversation for another day. However, TROVES is a name that you’re going to become familiar with. Not only with this song, but future releases to come as they hit the trajectory we think they’re going to, which ultimately will take them across the blogosphere and into the mainstream.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. We know what you’re thinking. “Music Ninja, you crazy. This is their debut song.” You’re correct in your assessment, however, take a gander at the melancholic pop structure that supports sultry vocals which boast an easily memorable hook. Coupled with those ear-grabbing poetic verses is a lightly danceable bassline, some near-french electro synths, and steady percussion work, and you can start to piece together what we’re talking about.

This may be the first time you hear of TROVES, but we can assure you that this certainly won’t be the last.

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[Indie] Leo Stannard – Why Don’t We

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Why Don't We

That moment during your coffee shop session when you allow yourself to be distracted from your smartphone, and crooned to by the tune of a classical guitar and the husky voice of its owner instead – That’s the moment I have every time I hear Leo Stannard’s, “Why Don’t We”. With hints of Landon Pigg x John Mayer, the Leicester native brings out the light and shade in his vocals, putting listeners at sheer ease. It’s a challenging decision to determine which version of the track we like more, so we’ve supplied both acoustic and studio versions to remedy any possible remnants of stress you might have before the weekend.

The 18 year young, acoustic and indie singer/songwriter is currently unsigned, but rest assured that his status is merely temporary. Leo Stannard’s second EP Notions, featuring “Why Don’t We” drops on the 1st of October. Don’t miss it.

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[Indie Disco] Saint Pepsi – Fall Harder

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Saint Pepsi
Fall Harder

Not too long ago, we came across an artist that would forever make us swoon until ends meet. Not only did his previous song, “Fiona Coyne”, make us go back and re-watch every episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation, but it gave us all the reason to abuse the shit out of the replay button. If you haven’t picked up on our clues, we are talking about Saint Pepsi. Now that his tasty name is making its rounds across outlets of all sorts, the young producer has proved to us that he is on his way to becoming next Passion Pit of our time. With a huge statement like that, we have nothing but confidence in his music because it sure does speak for itself when you end up being the most blogged about artist in a little under a month. Who knows, maybe we could see his name at Coachella in the near future? A ninja can only hope so.

Just last week, Saint Pepsi released the latest gem, “Fall Harder” off his newly released EP out now on Carpark Records. As tastemakers, we are put to the challenge when it comes down to analyzing sound waves and putting them into words. Conceptually that just seems like too much to process all at once, however, when the music is as good as what we have for you today then the words just seem to naturally flow. “Fall Harder” is just auditory proof that sound is evolving into a more organic, happy state. With its 80′s style Breakfast Club guitar riffs, cheerful synth progression, and easily some of the most adorable lyrics since Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”, Saint Pepsi makes us fall even harder in love with his productions. If you’re just now tuning out for the day then you dropped by at the perfect time, so why don’t you just press play and drown out the white noise around you.

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[Indie Rock] In-Flight Safety – Animals

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Animals

You can credit Canada with many a triumph: having mountains of music to admire being one of them. We could write essays on Broken Social Scene’s quiet conquering of all things indie-rock. Or Braids’ fixation with curating ethereal evening atmospherics. But let’s not discuss that, because in “Animals,” Canadian band In-Flight Safety have delivered a guitar driven dalliance that’s well worth chatting about.

Think the sophisticated swoon of Interpol, but exchange the introspection for a somewhat simmering and pop driven performance. Not the serious and composed exterior of Paul Banks or Matt Bellinger, but instead dulcet, demure tones that underlie a playful and summery soundscape.

Without being sultry or self conscious, “Animals” is an exhibition of nu-indie featuring the care free confidence of the 90′s gone by.

As the remnants of summer start to subside, In-Flight Safety deliver a dose of sun sprayed exuberance, before the winter encroaches upon our ears.

Note: Don’t google in-flight safety without the addition of ‘band’. You may stumble across a lecture relaying the perils of carrying your pets as cargo: there’s a high mortality rate involved in this process.

“Animals” is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Conversationalist, releasing 22nd of September via Conehead UK.

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Racing Glaciers – Don’t Wait for Me [TMN PREMIERE]

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It’s difficult to focus on much of anything as of late, considering the tremendous amount of turmoil the world is currently engulfed in. From the toxicity coming from ISIS to the uprising of an entire community over excessive use of force in Ferguson, humanity is slowly walking in the shadows of a dark time right now. It’s one that won’t be remedied any time soon, which is causing the collective mental state of those witnessing these times to feel incapacitated with grief, fear, and uncertainty.

It’s encouraged to do your part in helping others overcome these difficult times, making sure that you’re supportive of your community and even those that you may not be a part of. However, it’s also important for us to make time for ourselves, ensuring that we don’t succumb to the overwhelming negativity. For us, that escape has been and always will be music.

The sun is going to wake you up
Through the salt, I’m coming
And the sound is going to pick you up
Through the silence, I’m coming

With a bit of a melancholy morning on our hands, Macclesfield based five-piece Racing Glaciers have an aptly timed tune with this premiere. “Don’t Wait for Me” comes off their newest EP, which carries the name of this title track. Focused on vocal range and remarkable lyrical finesse, this song carries a heavy sound brought to life with interspersed sections of crystal-clean guitar work and an absolutely stunning solo. The drums start off a bit understated, only to follow a truly cinematic path, surging alongside the guitar solo with heavy cymbal work.

As you carry on throughout your day, remember that music can be one of the most therapeutic things for your mind, body and soul. Take some time for yourself and get lost, if only for a few minutes.

 

Dont Wait For Me
Animal
First Light
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